Scuba Instructor


“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” — John F. Kennedy

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want live an extraordinary life – become a NAUI Scuba Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around, and under water.  NAUI Open Water Scuba Instructors,Technical Diving Instructors, Freediving Instructors, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the one and only leadership program that has been setting the standard for dive training in the dive industry since 1955.

You earn a NAUI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better while enriching yours.  The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor member applicants. During the course, candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI diving course standards.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations – both yours and those around you. The fun part of the instructor training course is interacting with other course participants while forging friendships that will last you a lifetime. 

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore NAUI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in other courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

 The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all of the academic e-Learning before the course begins, to prepare classroom presentations and daily assignments for teaching daily. Organization and dedication are the keys to successfully completing this program.

What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the NAUI System of Education by presenting a minimum of fifteen graded classroom teaching presentations (must receive a passing score on a minimum of twelve presentations):

• Diving Physics

• Diving Physiology

• Dive Tables

• Diving Environments

Teaching Presentations: Confined Water

A minimum of eight graded confined water teaching presentations including a minimum of two confined water briefings (must receive a passing score on a minimum of six presentations):

• At least two snorkeling (skin diving) skills, and

• At least four scuba diving skills including one scuba rescue skill presentation

Teaching Presentations: Open Water

A minimum of ten graded training presentations over a minimum of two days including a minimum of two dive briefings and debriefings (must receive a passing score on a minimum of eight presentations):

• Two open water dive briefings

• Two open water dive debriefings, and

• At least six in-water teaching presentations, one of which shall be related to advanced, master, or specialty dive activity

 What You Can Teach

After you become a NAUI Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of NAUI programs from the Try Scuba Diving up to  the Divemaster course. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of special interest like Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver Instructor.

The Scuba Gear You Use

Instructors in training are required to bring their own gear: a mask, fins, snorkel, scuba cylinder and regulator with submersible pressure gauge and an additional regulator second stage (octopus) or other demand-type alternate air source, and a buoyancy control device with low pressure inflator, a timing device, dive knife/tool, an emergency signaling device, and a compass to class.

The Learning Materials You Need

The NAUI Instructor Course Packet includes

Instructor course e-Learning code

• Leadership folder

Membership application

Course evaluation form

Review survey

Medical form

Scuba Diver Instructor Guide license, and

Nitrox Diver Instructor Guide license

Next Steps

After completing the ITC you will attend the Instructor Examination (IPQ). This is usually the weekend after completion, but ultimately you will decide when you are ready to attend.

Prerequisites – what do I need to start?

To qualify for training as a NAUI Open Water Scuba Instructor you must

• Be certified as a NAUI Divemaster or a NAUI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least one year (check with a NAUI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)

• Be at least 18 years of age prior to the start of training.

• Have completed the NAUI Fit Program before the start of training.

• Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams

• Be currently certified in NAUI First Aid Powered by DAN for professionals or equivalent

• Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
• Current certification in NAUI Oxygen Provider or equivalent.
• Certified as a NAUI Nitrox Diver or equivalent.
• Minimum of 6 months of diving experience.
• Pass the NAUI Instructor Prequalification Examination prior to the start of the ITC

How long will it take?

The NAUI Instructor training course (ITC) is made up of two distinct components: the Instructor Training Program (ITP) and the Instructor Qualification Program (IQP).  During an ITP, candidates practice-performances are evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.  The second or final phase of an ITC is called the Instructor Qualification Program (IQP), during which a NAUI Course Director will evaluate your performance.  The course assures NAUI membership (all members of NAUI) that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude for teaching.

What does it cost?

Tuition – $1,799

NAUI Instructor Course Packet (#98505) – $500

NAUI FIT Program Packet #98501 – $195.00

Total – $2,494.99


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